Atlantic Coast Conference

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Atlantic Coast Conference
Atlantic Coast Conference logo.svg
Association NCAA
FoundedMay 8, 1953;70 years ago (1953-05-08)
Commissioner James J. Phillips (since February 1, 2021)
Sports fielded
  • 28 [1]
    • men's: 13
    • women's: 15
Division Division I
Subdivision FBS
No. of teams15 (18 in 2024)
Headquarters Charlotte, North Carolina
Region
Official website theacc.com
Locations
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The Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) is a collegiate athletic conference located in the United States. Headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, the ACC's fifteen member universities compete in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)'s Division I. ACC football teams compete in the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision. The ACC sponsors competition in twenty-seven sports with many of its member institutions held in high regard nationally. Current members of the conference are: Boston College, Clemson, Duke, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Miami, North Carolina, NC State, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Virginia, Virginia Tech, and Wake Forest.

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ACC teams and athletes have claimed dozens of national championships in multiple sports throughout the conference's history. Generally, the ACC's top athletes and teams in any particular sport in a given year are considered to be among the top collegiate competitors in the nation. Additionally, the conference enjoys extensive media coverage. With the advent of the College Football Playoff in 2014, the ACC is one of the "Power Five" conferences with a contractual tie-in to a New Year's Six bowl game in the sport of football.

The ACC was founded on May 8, 1953, by seven universities located in the South Atlantic States, with the University of Virginia joining in early December 1953 to bring the membership to eight. [2] The loss of South Carolina in 1971 dropped membership to seven, while the addition of Georgia Tech in 1979 for non-football sports and 1983 for football brought it back to eight, and Florida State's arrival in 1991 for non-football sports and 1992 for football increased the membership to nine. Since 2000, with the widespread reorganization of the NCAA, seven additional schools have joined, and one original member (Maryland) has left to bring it to the current membership of 15 schools. The additions in recent years extended the conference's footprint into the Northeast and Midwest.

On September 1, 2023, ACC presidents and chancellors voted to add University of California, Berkeley; Southern Methodist University; and Stanford University starting in the 2024–25 school year. [3]

Member universities

Current members

The ACC has 15 member institutions from 10 states. Listed in alphabetical order, these 10 states within the ACC's geographical footprint are Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Virginia. The geographic domain of the conference is predominantly within the Southern and Northeastern United States along the US Atlantic coast and stretches from Florida in the south to New York in the north and from Indiana in the west to Massachusetts farthest east.

When Notre Dame joined the ACC, it chose to remain a football independent. However, its football team established a special scheduling arrangement with the ACC to play a rotating selection of five ACC football teams per season. For the 2020 season, due largely to the suspension of most non-conference games by other Power Five conferences due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States, the ACC reached an agreement to allow Notre Dame to play a full, 10-game conference schedule and be eligible to play for the ACC championship. [4]

Since July 1, 2014, the 15 members of the ACC are:

InstitutionLocationJoinedFoundedTypeEnrollmentEndowment
(millions)
NicknameColors
Clemson University Clemson, South Carolina 19531889Public
(land-grant)
25,822$1,007 [5] Tigers    
Duke University Durham, North Carolina 1838Private
(non-sectarian)
(Methodist-founded)
16,780$12,700 [6] Blue Devils    
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, North Carolina 1789Public30,101$5,160 [7] Tar Heels    
North Carolina State University Raleigh, North Carolina 1887Public
(land-grant)
36,304$1,950 [8] Wolfpack    
Wake Forest University Winston-Salem, North Carolina 1834Private
(non-sectarian)
(Baptist-founded)
8,789$1,860 [7] Demon Deacons    
University of Virginia Charlottesville, Virginia 1819Public25,018$13,600 [9] Cavaliers    
Georgia Institute of Technology Atlanta, Georgia 1979 [lower-alpha 1] 1885Public47,961$2,970 [7] Yellow Jackets    
Florida State University Tallahassee, Florida 1991 [lower-alpha 2] 1851Public45,493$898 [12] Seminoles    
University of Miami Coral Gables, Florida 20041925Private
(non-sectarian)
17,811$1,340 [13] Hurricanes      
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Blacksburg, Virginia 1872Public
(land-grant)
36,383$1,340 [14] Hokies    
Boston College Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts 20051863Private
(Jesuit)
14,890$3,300 [15] Eagles    
University of Notre Dame Notre Dame, Indiana 20131842Private
(Holy Cross)
12,681$16,700 [16] Fighting Irish    
University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 1787Public
(state-related)
28,391 [lower-alpha 3] $5,680 [18] Panthers    
Syracuse University Syracuse, New York 1870Private
(non-sectarian)
21,322$1,790 [19] Orange  
University of Louisville Louisville, Kentucky 20141798Public21,430$884 [20] Cardinals    
Notes
  1. Although Georgia Tech joined the ACC during the 1979–80 season, it did not compete for the league's football championship until the 1983 fall season (1983–84 school year). [10]
  2. Although Florida State joined the ACC for most sports during the 1991–92 school year, it did not compete for the league's football championship until the 1992 fall season (1992–93 school year). [11]
  3. Excludes enrollment at the university's four additional regional campuses, all of which have their own athletic programs. With those campuses added, the university's enrollment is 34,934. [17]

Future members

SMU will join the ACC on July 1, 2024. California and Stanford will join the ACC on August 2, 2024. [21]

InstitutionLocationJoiningFoundedTypeEnrollmentEndowment
(millions)
NicknameColorsCurrent Conference
Southern Methodist University Dallas, Texas [lower-alpha 1] 20241911Private (Methodist)12,373 [22] $2,000 Mustangs     American
University of California, Berkeley Berkeley, California 1868Public45,307 [23] $6,910 [24] Golden Bears     Pac-12
Stanford University Stanford, California 1891Private (non-sectarian)17,326 [25] $37,800 Cardinal     Pac-12
  1. The SMU campus is almost entirely located in University Park, Texas, a separate city contained within the Dallas city limits. However, the U.S. Postal Service considers all locations in University Park to have a Dallas address.

Former members

In 1971, the University of South Carolina left the ACC to become an independent, later joining the Metro Conference in 1983 and moving to its current home, the Southeastern Conference, in 1991. On July 1, 2014, the University of Maryland departed for the Big Ten Conference.

InstitutionLocationJoinedLeftFoundedTypeNicknameColorsCurrent
conference
University of South Carolina Columbia, South Carolina 195319711801 Public Gamecocks     SEC
University of Maryland, College Park College Park, Maryland 20141856Public (land-grant) Terrapins         Big Ten

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Membership timeline

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History

Founding and early expansion

The ACC was established on June 14, 1953, when seven members of the Southern Conference left to form their own conference. [n 1] [26] These seven universities became charter members of the ACC: Clemson, Duke, Maryland, North Carolina, North Carolina State, South Carolina, and Wake Forest. They left partially due to the Southern Conference's ban on post-season football play that had been initiated in 1951. (Clemson and Maryland had both defied the Southern Conference's bowl rule following the 1951 season and were banned from playing other conference teams in the 1952 season). [27] After drafting a set of bylaws for the creation of a new league, the seven withdrew from the Southern Conference at the spring meeting on the morning of May 8, 1953, at the Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, North Carolina. The bylaws were ratified on June 14, 1953, and the new conference was created. [28] The conference officials indicated a desire to add an eighth member, and candidates mentioned were Virginia, Virginia Tech and West Virginia. [29] On December 4, 1953, officials convened in Greensboro, North Carolina, and admitted Virginia, a former Southern Conference charter member that had been independent since 1937, into the conference. [30] Virginia's president Colgate Darden argued fiercely against joining the ACC or any conference, while UVA athletics director Gus Tebell argued in favor. [31] In the end, UVA's Board of Visitors approved joining the ACC by a vote of 6–3. [31]

In 1960, the ACC implemented a minimum SAT score for incoming student-athletes of 750, the first conference to do so. This minimum was raised to 800 in 1964, but was ultimately struck down by a federal court in 1972. [32]

On July 1, 1971, South Carolina left the ACC to become an independent.

Racial integration

Racial integration of all-white collegiate sports teams was high on the regional agenda in the 1950s and 1960s. Involved were issues of equality, racism, and the alumni demand for the top players needed to win high-profile games. The ACC took the lead.[ vague ] First they started to schedule integrated teams from the north. Finally ACC schools—typically under pressure from boosters and civil rights groups—integrated their teams. [33] With an alumni base that dominated local and state politics, society and business, the ACC flagship schools were successful in their endeavor—as Pamela Grundy argues, they had learned how to win:

The widespread admiration that athletic ability inspired would help transform athletic fields from grounds of symbolic play to forces for social change, places where a wide range of citizens could publicly and at times effectively challenge the assumptions that cast them as unworthy of full participation in U.S. society. While athletic successes would not rid society of prejudice or stereotype—black athletes would continue to confront racial slurs...[—minority star players demonstrated] the discipline, intelligence, and poise to contend for position or influence in every arena of national life. [34]

1978 and 1991 expansions

The ACC operated with seven members until the addition of Georgia Tech from the Metro Conference, announced on April 3, 1978, and taking effect on July 1, 1979, except in football, in which Tech would remain an independent until joining ACC football in 1983. The total number of member schools reached nine with the addition of Florida State, also formerly from the Metro Conference, on July 1, 1991, in non-football sports and July 1, 1992, in football. The additions of those schools marked the first expansions of the conference footprint since 1953, though both schools were still located with the rest of the ACC schools in the South Atlantic States.

2004–2005 expansion

The ACC added three members from the Big East Conference during the 2005 conference realignment. Initially, the conference targeted Boston College, Miami, and Syracuse. The expansion was controversial, as Connecticut, Rutgers, Pittsburgh, and West Virginia (and, initially, Virginia Tech) filed lawsuits against the ACC, Miami, and Boston College for allegedly conspiring to weaken the Big East Conference. Then-Virginia governor Mark Warner, who feared Virginia Tech being left behind in a weakened Big East, pressured the administration of the University of Virginia to lobby on behalf of their in-state foe. Eventually Virginia Tech replaced Syracuse in the expansion lineup and ACC expansion was agreed upon. Miami and Virginia Tech joined on July 1, 2004, while Boston College joined on July 1, 2005, as the league's twelfth member and the first from the Northeast.

2010–present

The ACC Hall of Champions opened on March 2, 2011, next to the Greensboro Coliseum arena, making the ACC the second college sports conference to have a hall of fame after the Southern Conference. [35] [n 2]

On September 17, 2011, Big East Conference members Syracuse University and the University of Pittsburgh both applied to join the ACC. [37] The two schools were accepted into the conference the following day, once again expanding the conference footprint like previous expansions. [38] Because the Big East intended to hold Pitt and Syracuse to the 27-month notice period required by league bylaws, the most likely entry date into the ACC (barring negotiations) was July 1, 2014. [39] However, in July 2012, the Big East came to an agreement with Syracuse and Pitt that allowed the two schools to leave the Big East on July 1, 2013. [40] [41]

On September 12, 2012, Notre Dame agreed to join the ACC in all conference sports except football & men's ice hockey (as the ACC does not sponsor men's ice hockey; of all other ACC universities, only Boston College sponsors men's ice hockey) as the conference's first member in the Midwestern United States. As part of the agreement, Notre Dame committed to play five football games each season against ACC schools beginning in 2014. [42] On March 12, 2013, Notre Dame and the Big East announced they had reached a settlement allowing Notre Dame to join the ACC effective July 1, 2013. [43]

On November 19, 2012, the University of Maryland's Board of Regents voted to withdraw from the ACC to join the Big Ten Conference effective in 2014. [44] The following week, the Big East's University of Louisville accepted the ACC's invitation to become a full member, replacing Maryland effective July 1, 2014. [45]

The ACC's presidents announced on April 22, 2013, that all 15 schools that would be members of the conference in 2014–15 had signed a grant of media rights (GOR), effective immediately and running through the 2026–27 school year, coinciding with the duration of the conference's then-current TV deal with ESPN. This move essentially prevents the ACC from being a target for other conferences seeking to expand—under the grant, if a school leaves the conference during the contract period, all revenue derived from that school's media rights for home games would belong to the ACC and not the school. [46] The move also left the SEC as the only one of the FBS Power Five conferences without a GOR. [47]

In July 2016, the GOR was extended through the 2035–36 school year, coinciding with the signing of a new 20-year deal with ESPN that would transform the then-current ad hoc ACC Network into a full-fledged network. The new network launched as a digital service in the 2016–17 school year and as a linear network in August 2019. [48]

On August 24, 2021, the ACC formed an alliance with the Big Ten and Pac-12 conferences. [49] In 2022, the ACC brought back old rivalries like the Backyard Brawl between the University of Pittsburgh Panthers and the West Virginia University Mountaineers. [50] A friendly rivalry between University of Pittsburgh Panthers and Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in memory of the 1956 Sugar Bowl also began. [51]

2023 expansion

On September 1, 2023, the conference voted to expand and add three new members: California, SMU, and Stanford. The announcement was initially controversial, given the distance between the schools and its current members. [52]

Academics and ACC

Academic rankings

Among the major NCAA athletic conferences that sponsor NCAA Division I FBS football, including the current "Power Five conferences", the ACC has been regarded as having the highest academically ranked collection of members based on U.S. News & World Report [53] [54] [55] [56] [57] [58] and by the NCAA's Academic Progress Rate. [59] [60]

Seven ACC institutions are members of the prestigious Association of American Universities: Duke, Georgia Tech, Miami, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, North Carolina, and Virginia. [61] [62] Syracuse was a member until 2011 but voluntarily withdrew over a dispute on how to count non-federal grants. [63] Incoming conference members UC-Berkeley and Stanford are also AAU members.

  Members joining in 2024.

Academics and Research
SchoolEndowment [7]
(in 2021 US$ billions)
AAU MemberUS News US Ranking [64] Washington Monthly US Ranking [65] NTU US Ranking [66] CWTS Leiden US Impact Ranking [67] Scimago US Higher Education Ranking [68] URAP US Ranking [69] ARWU US Ranking [70] QS World Rankings [71] Major Faculty Awards [72] (total awards)Princeton Review Rating [73] (scale 60–99)
Boston College$3.83No3962138157174145118631685
California$6.91Yes1510730135410
Clemson$1.01No86100138108140123145851378
Duke$12.7Yes731414171622573092
Florida State$0.89No536491811127562461968
Georgia Tech$2.97Yes33524747374552972186
Louisville$0.96No1952051191041351101721001569
Miami$1.39Yes672715957685483278778
North Carolina$5.17Yes22920231921211321977
NC State$1.95No602972425756622741175
Notre Dame$13.3 [74] Yes2013101101105871003041480
Pittsburgh$5.65Yes679017182419362221380
SMU$2.0No893081902111601581001
Stanford$37.8Yes31343225
Syracuse$1.81No67941381471711291587811177
Virginia$14.5Yes242853515346622601587
Virginia Tech$1.69No472395506463623021073
Wake Forest$1.86No47768610611488118701394

ACCAC and ACC academic network

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The members of the ACC participate in the Atlantic Coast Conference Academic Consortium (ACCAC), a consortium that provides a vehicle for inter-institutional academic and administrative collaboration between member universities. Growing out of a conference-wide doctoral student-exchange program that was established in 1999, the ACCAC has expanded its scope into other domestic and international collaborations. [75]

The stated mission of the ACCAC is to "leverage the athletic associations and identities among the 15 ACC universities in order to enrich the educational missions of member universities." To that end, the collaborative helps organize various academic initiatives, including fellowship and scholarship programs, global research initiatives, leadership conferences, and extensive study abroad programs. [76] Funding for its operations, 90% of which is spent on direct student support, is derived from a portion of the income generated by the ACC Football Championship Game and by supplemental allocations by individual universities and various grants. [77]

ACCAC academic programs

Major academic programs that have been implemented under ACCAC include:

The ACCAC also supports periodic meetings among faculty, administration, and staff who pursue similar interests and responsibilities at the member universities either by face-to-face conferences, video conferences, or telephone conferences. ACCAC affinity groups include those for International Affairs Officers, Study Abroad Directors, Teaching-Learning Center Directors, Chief Information Officers, Chief Procurement Officers, Undergraduate Research Conference Coordinators, Student Affairs Vice Presidents, Student Leadership Conference Coordinators, and Faculty Athletic Representatives To the ACC. [90]

Athletic department revenue by school

Total revenue includes ticket sales, contributions and donations, rights and licensing, student fees, school funds and all other sources including TV income, camp income, concessions, and novelties.

Total expenses includes coach and staff salaries, scholarships, buildings and grounds, maintenance, utilities and rental fees, recruiting, team travel, equipment and uniforms, conference dues, and insurance.

The following table shows institutional reporting to the United States Department of Education as shown on the DOE Equity in Athletics website for the 2021–22 academic year. [91]

  Members joining in 2024.

Institution2021–22 Total Revenue from Athletics2021–22 Total Expenses on Athletics
University of Notre Dame $215,302,668$170,878,848
Florida State University $162,146,012$147,596,659
Stanford University $156,600,887$156,600,887
Duke University $150,517,681$148,026,188
University of Miami $148,497,805$148,497,805
Clemson University $140,436,882$140,436,882
University of Louisville $139,978,924$139,978,924
University of Virginia $128,298,742$121,148,341
University of Pittsburgh $122,722,495$122,722,495
University of North Carolina $119,569,409$117,437,619
University of California, Berkeley $118,212,181$114,485,848
Virginia Tech $109,216,783$109,216,783
Syracuse University $105,631,408$84,556,101
North Carolina State University $102,387,569$100,680,079
Boston College $95,703,917$95,703,917
Georgia Tech $93,696,369$91,780,856
Wake Forest University $84,889,487$84,889,487
Southern Methodist University $79,414,946$79,414,946

The following table shows revenue specifically from NCAA / Conference Distributions, Media Rights, and Post-Season Football reported by the Knight Commission for the 2021–22 academic year. [92]

Institution2021–22 Distribution (Millions of dollars)
North Carolina State University $49.21
University of North Carolina $43.25
University of Virginia $42.02
Florida State University $41.39
Virginia Tech $41.14
Clemson University $40.21
University of Louisville $39.25
University of California, Berkeley $38.00
Georgia Tech $37.54
Boston College Not Reported
Duke University Not Reported
Syracuse University Not Reported
University of Miami Not Reported
University of Notre Dame Not Reported
University of Pittsburgh Not Reported
Southern Methodist University Not Reported
Stanford University Not Reported
Wake Forest University Not Reported

Facilities

  Members joining in 2024.

SchoolFootball stadiumCapacitySoccer stadiumCapacityBasketball arenaCapacityBaseball stadiumCapacitySoftball stadiumCapacity
Boston College Alumni Stadium 44,500 Newton Campus Soccer Field 1,100 Conte Forum 8,606 Eddie Pellagrini Diamond 2,500 Boston College Softball Field 1,000
California California Memorial Stadium 63,000 Edwards Stadium 22,000 Haas Pavilion 11,858 [93] Evans Diamond 2,500 [94] Levine-Fricke Field 1,204
Clemson Memorial Stadium 82,500 Riggs Field 6,500 Littlejohn Coliseum 9,000 Doug Kingsmore Stadium 6,524 McWhorter Stadium 1,000
Duke Wallace Wade Stadium 40,004 Koskinen Stadium 4,500 Cameron Indoor Stadium 9,314 Jack Coombs Field
Durham Bulls Athletic Park
2,000
10,000
Duke Softball Stadium1,300
Florida State Bobby Bowden Field
at Doak Campbell Stadium
79,560 Seminole Soccer Complex 2,000 Donald L. Tucker Center 11,655 Mike Martin Field
at Dick Howser Stadium
6,700 JoAnne Graf Field at the Seminole Softball Complex 1,000
Georgia Tech Bobby Dodd Stadium at Hyundai Field 51,913Non-soccer school Hank McCamish Pavilion 8,600 Russ Chandler Stadium 4,157Shirley Clements Mewborn Field1,500
Louisville L&N Federal Credit Union Stadium 60,800 Dr. Mark & Cindy Lynn Stadium 5,300 KFC Yum! Center 22,090 Jim Patterson Stadium 4,000 Ulmer Stadium 2,200
Miami Hard Rock Stadium 65,326 Cobb Stadium 500 Watsco Center 7,972 Mark Light Field
at Alex Rodriguez Park
5,000Non-softball school
North Carolina Kenan Memorial Stadium 50,500 Dorrance Field 4,200 Dean Smith Center (M)
Carmichael Arena (W)
21,750
8,010
Boshamer Stadium 5,000 Anderson Stadium 500
NC State Carter–Finley Stadium 57,583 Dail Soccer Field 3,000 PNC Arena (M)
Reynolds Coliseum (W)
19,722
5,500 [95]
Doak Field 3,000 Dail Softball Stadium
Notre Dame Notre Dame Stadium 77,569 Alumni Stadium 2,500 Edmund P. Joyce Center 9,149 Frank Eck Stadium 2,500Melissa Cook Stadium850
Pittsburgh Acrisure Stadium 65,500 Ambrose Urbanic Field
at Petersen Sports Complex
735 Petersen Events Center 12,508 Charles L. Cost Field
at Petersen Sports Complex
900 Vartabedian Field
at Petersen Sports Complex
600
SMU Gerald J. Ford Stadium 32,000 Washburne Stadium 2,577 Moody Coliseum 7,000Non-baseball schoolNon-softball school
Stanford Stanford Stadium 50,424 [96] Maloney Field
at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium
2,000 Maples Pavilion 7,233 [97] Klein Field at Sunken Diamond 4,000 [98] Smith Family Stadium 1,500
Syracuse JMA Wireless Dome 49,262 SU Soccer Stadium 1,500 JMA Wireless Dome 35,446Non-baseball schoolSoftball Stadium at Skytop650
Virginia Scott Stadium 61,500 Klöckner Stadium 8,000 John Paul Jones Arena 14,593 Davenport Field at Disharoon Park 5,500Palmer Park522
Virginia Tech Lane Stadium 65,632 Sandra D. Thompson Field 2,500 Cassell Coliseum 9,847 English Field 1,032Tech Softball Park1,024
Wake Forest Allegacy Federal Credit Union Stadium 31,500 W. Dennie Spry Soccer Stadium 3,000 Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum 14,407 David F. Couch Ballpark 3,823Non-softball school

Apparel

  Members joining in 2024.

SchoolProvider
Boston College New Balance, Adidas (football only)
California Nike [99]
Clemson Nike
Duke Nike
Florida State *Nike
Georgia Tech Adidas
Louisville Adidas
Miami Adidas
North Carolina Air Jordan (Nike)
NC State Adidas
Notre Dame Under Armour
Pittsburgh Nike
SMU Nike
Stanford Nike
Syracuse Nike
Virginia Nike
Virginia Tech Nike
Wake Forest Nike

Sports

The Atlantic Coast Conference sponsors championship competition in thirteen men's and fifteen women's NCAA-sanctioned sports. [100] The most recently added sports are women's gymnastics and fencing. Gymnastics was added for the 2023–24 school year with Clemson, North Carolina, North Carolina State, and Pitt participating. [101] Fencing was added for the 2014–15 school year after having been absent from the conference since 1980; Boston College, Duke, North Carolina, and Notre Dame participate in that sport. [102]

Since all current and future ACC members (including non-football member Notre Dame) field FBS football teams, they are subject to the NCAA requirement that FBS schools field at least 16 teams in NCAA-recognized varsity sports. However, the ACC itself requires sponsorship of only four sports—football, men's basketball, women's basketball, and either women's soccer or women's volleyball. [103] All current and future ACC members sponsor all five of the named sports except Georgia Tech, which sponsors women's volleyball but not women's soccer.

Teams in ACC Conference competition
SportMen'sWomen's
Baseball 14
Basketball 1515
Cross country 1515
Fencing 44
Field hockey 7
Football 15
Golf 1212
Gymnastics 4
Lacrosse 510
Rowing 9
Soccer 1214
Softball 13
Swimming & diving 11.512
Tennis 1314
Track and field (indoor) 1515
Track and field (outdoor) 1515
Volleyball 15
Wrestling 6

Men's sponsored sports by school

Member-by-member sponsorship of the 13 men's ACC sports for the 2023–24 academic year.

SchoolBaseballBasketballCross countryFencingFootballGolfLacrosseSoccerSwimming & divingTennisTrack & field
(indoor)
Track & field
(outdoor)
WrestlingTotal ACC men's sports
Boston College YesYesYesYesYesYesNoYesYesYesYesYesNo11
Clemson YesYesYes [lower-alpha 1] NoYesYesNoYesNoYesYes [lower-alpha 1] Yes [lower-alpha 1] No9
Duke YesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes13
Florida State YesYesYesNoYesYesNoNoYesYesYesYesNo9
Georgia Tech YesYesYesNoYesYesNoNoYesYesYesYesNo9
Louisville YesYesYesNoYesYesNoYesYesYesYesYesNo10
Miami YesYesYesNoYesNoNoNoYes [lower-alpha 2] YesYesYesNo7.5
North Carolina YesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes13
NC State YesYesYesNoYesYesNoYesYesYesYesYesYes11
Notre Dame YesYesYesYesYes [lower-alpha 3] YesYesYesYesYesYesYesNo12
Pittsburgh YesYesYesNoYesNoNoYesYesNoYesYesYes9
Syracuse NoYesYesNoYesNoYesYesNoNoYesYesNo8
Virginia YesYesYesNoYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes12
Virginia Tech YesYesYesNoYesYesNoYesYesYesYesYesYes11
Wake Forest YesYesYesNoYesYesNoYesNoYesYesYesNo9
Totals 2023–241415154151251211.51315156152.5
Future Members
California YesYesYesNoYesYesNoYesYesYesYesYesNo10
SMU NoYesNoNoYesYesNoYesYesYesNoNoNo6
Stanford YesYesYesYesYesYesNoYesYesYesYesYesYes12
Totals 2024–251618175181551514.51617177180.5
  1. 1 2 3 Clemson announced it would drop its men's program in the sport of athletics (i.e, cross country and track & field) after the 2020–21 school year before reversing its decision in the spring of 2021. [104]
  2. Miami participates in diving only. For the purposes of this chart, Miami men's diving is counted as sponsoring half of the sport of men's swimming & diving.
  3. Notre Dame plays football as an independent.
Men's varsity sports not sponsored by the Atlantic Coast Conference which are played by ACC schools:
SchoolGymnasticsIce hockeyRowing [lower-alpha 1] Rugby [lower-alpha 1] Sailing [lower-alpha 1] SkiingSquash [lower-alpha 1] VolleyballWater PoloTotal non-ACC men's sports
Boston Collegeno Hockey East nono NEISA EISA nonono3
California MPSF no Pac-12 [lower-alpha 2] PAC nononono MPSF 4
Notre Dameno Big Ten nonononononono1
Stanford MPSF no Pac-12 [lower-alpha 2] no PCCSC nono MPSF MPSF 5
Syracusenono EARC nononononono1
VirginianonononononoMASC [105] nono1
Totals 2024–2522312111215
  1. 1 2 3 4 Not governed or recognized by the NCAA.
  2. 1 2 Stanford and Cal have not announced new affiliations for their men's rowing teams.

Women's sponsored sports by school

Member-by-member sponsorship of the 15 women's ACC sports for the 2023–24 academic year. The ACC began sponsoring women's gymnastics in 2023–24. [101]

SchoolBasketballCross countryFencingField hockeyGolfGymnasticsLacrosseRowingSoccerSoftballSwimming & divingTennisTrack & field
(indoor)
Track & field
(outdoor)
VolleyballTotal ACC women's sports
Boston College YesYesYesYesYesNoYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes14
Clemson YesYesNoNoYesYesYesYesYesYesNoYesYesYesYes12
Duke YesYesYesYesYesNoYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes14
Florida State YesYesNoNoYesNoNo [lower-alpha 1] NoYesYesYesYesYesYesYes10
Georgia Tech YesYesNoNoNoNoNoNoNoYesYesYesYesYesYes8
Louisville YesYesNoYesYesNoYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes13
Miami YesYesNoNoYesNoNoYesYesNoYesYesYesYesYes10
North Carolina YesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes15
NC State YesYesNoNoYesYesNoNoYesYesYesYesYesYesYes11
Notre Dame YesYesYesNoYesNoYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes13
Pittsburgh YesYesNoNoNoYesYesNoYesYesYesNoYesYesYes10
Syracuse YesYesNoYesNoNoYesYesYesYesNoYesYesYesYes11
Virginia YesYesNoYesYesNoYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes13
Virginia Tech YesYesNoNoYesNoYesNoYesYesYesYesYesYesYes11
Wake Forest YesYesNoYesYesNoNoNoYesNoNoYesYesYesYes9
Totals 2023–2415154712410914131214151515174
Future members
California YesYesNoYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes14
SMU YesYesNoNoYesNoNoYesYesNoYesYesYesYesYes10
Stanford YesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes15
Totals 2024–25181859156121217151517181818213
  1. Florida State plans to add women's lacrosse in 2025–26. [106]

    Women's varsity sports not currently sponsored by the Atlantic Coast Conference which are played by ACC schools:

    SchoolArtistic swimming [lower-alpha 1] Beach volleyballEquestrianIce hockeySailing [lower-alpha 1] SkiingSquash [lower-alpha 1] Water poloTotal non-ACC women's sports
    Boston Collegenonono Hockey East NEISA EISA nono3
    Californiano Pac-12 [lower-alpha 2] nonononono MPSF 2
    Florida Stateno CCSA nononononono1
    SMUnonoIndependentnonononono1
    Stanford MPSF Pac-12 [lower-alpha 2] nono PCCSC noIndependent MPSF 5
    Syracusenonono CHA nononono1
    VirginianonononononoMASC [105] no1
    Totals1312212214
    1. 1 2 3 Not governed or recognized by the NCAA.
    2. 1 2 Cal and Stanford will move beach volleyball to the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation in 2024. [107]

    Current champions

    SeasonSportMen's
    champion
    Women's
    champion
    Fall 2023Cross country [108] North Carolina NC State
    Field hockey [109] North Carolina
    Football Florida State
    Soccer Clemson [110] Florida State [111]
    Volleyball Florida State & Pittsburgh [112]
    Winter 2023–24Basketball NC State Notre Dame
    Fencing [113] North Carolina Notre Dame
    Gymnastics NC State
    Swimming & diving [114] NC State Virginia
    Track & field (Indoor) [115] North Carolina Virginia Tech
    Wrestling NC State
    Spring 2023Baseball Clemson
    Softball Florida State
    Golf Georgia Tech Clemson
    Lacrosse Duke Boston College
    Rowing Virginia
    Tennis Virginia NC State
    Track & field (outdoor) Clemson Duke

      Football

      The ACC is considered to be one of the Power Five conferences, all of which receive automatic placement of their football champions into one of the six major bowl games. Seven of its members claim football national championships in their history, with two having won the now-defunct Bowl Championship Series (BCS) during its existence between 1998 and 2014 and one having won under the current College Football Playoff (CFP) system. Five of its members are among the top 25 of college football's all-time winningest programs. [116] Three ACC teams, Florida State, Miami, and Clemson, are listed in the top 10 of most successful football programs since 2000.

      Divisions and scheduling

      In 2005, the ACC began divisional play in football. At the time, the ACC was the only NCAA Division I conference whose divisions were not divided geographically (e.g., north–south, East/West), [117] but rather into Atlantic and Coastal (this arrangement continues today for the sports of baseball and men's soccer). The two division leaders then competed in the ACC Championship Game to determine the conference championship, which guarantees a berth in a New Year's Six bowl game. The inaugural Championship Game was played on December 3, 2005, in Jacksonville, Florida, at the venue then known as Alltel Stadium, in which Florida State defeated Virginia Tech to capture its 12th championship since it joined the league in 1992. Notre Dame began playing several ACC teams each year in 2014, but is not considered a football member and is not eligible to play in the ACC Championship Game. [118]

      On June 28, 2022, the ACC approved a new football schedule format, set to take effect in the 2023 season. Under this format, the conference will remove divisions, and instead play a 3–5–5 format, where each team plays 3 designated rivals every year along with two separate 5-team rotations that flip every other year, such that every team will have at least one home game and one away game against every other team in a four-year cycle (the standard length of a college player's career). Participation in the ACC championship game will also no longer be determined by the winners of the two divisions; the two teams with the highest conference winning percentage will play instead. [119] [120] The designated rivals under this system were as follows:

      ACC permanent matchups (2023 only)
      SchoolRival 1Rival 2Rival 3
      Boston CollegeMiamiPittsburghSyracuse
      ClemsonFlorida StateGeorgia TechNC State
      DukeNorth CarolinaNC StateWake Forest
      Florida StateClemsonMiamiSyracuse
      Georgia TechClemsonLouisvilleWake Forest
      LouisvilleGeorgia TechMiamiVirginia
      MiamiBoston CollegeFlorida StateLouisville
      North CarolinaDukeNC StateVirginia
      NC StateClemsonDukeNorth Carolina
      PittsburghBoston CollegeSyracuseVirginia Tech
      SyracuseBoston CollegeFlorida StatePittsburgh
      VirginiaLouisvilleNorth CarolinaVirginia Tech
      Virginia TechPittsburghVirginiaWake Forest
      Wake ForestDukeGeorgia TechVirginia Tech

      With the 2024 arrival of California, SMU, and Stanford, the ACC adopted a new scheduling model effective that season and running through the 2030 season. A total of 16 matchups will be protected, with 11 retained from the 2023 model, two (Miami–Virginia Tech and NC State–Wake Forest) restored from the former divisional format, and the three new members filling the remaining three slots. All teams will play each other at least twice in the cycle (once home, once away). Each of the pre-2024 members will play three times in California during the cycle, and none will travel to California in back-to-back seasons. [121]

      ACC permanent matchups (2024–future)
      SchoolRival 1Rival 2Rival 3
      Boston CollegePittsburghSyracuse
      CaliforniaSMUStanford
      ClemsonFlorida State
      DukeNorth CarolinaNC StateWake Forest
      Florida StateClemsonMiami
      Georgia TechNone
      LouisvilleNone
      MiamiFlorida StateVirginia Tech
      North CarolinaDukeNC StateVirginia
      NC StateDukeNorth CarolinaWake Forest
      PittsburghBoston CollegeSyracuse
      SMUCaliforniaStanford
      StanfordCaliforniaSMU
      SyracusePittsburghBoston College
      VirginiaNorth CarolinaVirginia Tech
      Virginia TechMiamiVirginia
      Wake ForestDukeNC State


      Additionally, this allows for each team to schedule four non-conference games. Since the 2014 season, one of the four non-conference games is against Notre Dame every two to three years, as Notre Dame plays against five ACC opponents in non-conference games each season. ACC members are also required to play at least one non-conference game each season against a team in the "Power 5" conferences since 2017. Games against Notre Dame also meet the requirement. In January 2015, the conference announced that games against another FBS independent, BYU, would also count toward the requirement. [lower-alpha 1] [122] This requirement can also be met by scheduling other ACC teams in non-conference games; the first example of this was also announced in January 2015, when North Carolina and Wake Forest announced that they would play a home-and-home non-conference series in 2019 and 2021. [123]

      Prior to this, the division format was as follows:

      ACC Football Divisions (2005–2022)
      AtlanticCoastal
      Boston CollegeVirginia Tech
      ClemsonGeorgia Tech
      Florida StateMiami
      LouisvilleVirginia
      NC StateNorth Carolina
      SyracusePittsburgh
      Wake ForestDuke

      For the 2020 season, changes were made to the football schedule model due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The use of divisions was suspended, with conference games being scheduled on a regional basis. The top two teams by winning percentage against conference opponents advanced to the ACC Championship Game. All teams played 10 conference games and were permitted to play one non-conference game of their choice as long as the game was played in-state. In addition, Notre Dame played an ACC conference schedule and was eligible to (and ultimately did) play in the ACC Championship Game. [4]

      Bowl games

      Within the College Football Playoff, the Orange Bowl serves as the home of the ACC champion against Notre Dame or another team from the SEC or Big Ten. If the conference's champion is selected for the CFP, another ACC team will be chosen in its place.

      The other bowls pick ACC teams in the order set by agreements between the conference and the bowls.

      Beginning in 2014, Notre Dame is eligible for selection as the ACC's representative to any of its contracted bowl games. The ACC's bowl selection will no longer be bound by the rigidity of a "one-win rule" but will have a general list of criteria to emphasize regionality and quality matchups on the field. A one-win rule does apply to Notre Dame's participation in the ACC Bowl structure. Notre Dame is now eligible for ACC Bowl selection beginning with the ReliaQuest Bowl (previously named the Outback Bowl) and continuing through the league's bowl selections. However, Notre Dame must be within one win of the ACC available team which has the best overall record, in order to be chosen. In other words, if an ACC team were 9–3, a 7–5 Notre Dame team could not be chosen in its place. Notre Dame would have to be 8–4 to be chosen over a 9–3 league team. For the 2020 season only, Notre Dame competed for the ACC conference championship and was eligible for all games, including the Orange Bowl.

      Order of selection for ACC bowl participants [126]
      PickTierNameLocationOpposing ConferenceOpposing Pick
      1 [lower-alpha 2] Orange Bowl Miami Gardens, Florida SEC, Big Ten or Notre Dame
      2/3/4/5/6/7/8/9Tier 1 [lower-alpha 3] ReliaQuest Bowl [lower-alpha 4] Tampa, Florida SEC TBD [127]
      Pop-Tarts Bowl Orlando, Florida Big 12 3 [128]
      Duke's Mayo Bowl Charlotte, North Carolina SEC or Big Ten TBD [126]
      Fenway Bowl Boston, Massachusetts The American
      Gator Bowl Jacksonville, Florida SEC
      Holiday Bowl San Diego, California Pac-12
      Military Bowl Annapolis, Maryland The American
      Pinstripe Bowl The Bronx, New York Big Ten
      Sun Bowl El Paso, Texas Pac-12 5 [129]
      10Tier 2 [lower-alpha 5]
      Birmingham Bowl Birmingham, Alabama C-USA, MAC TBD
      First Responder Bowl Dallas, Texas TBDTBD
      Gasparilla Bowl St. Petersburg, Florida The American TBD
      1. With BYU's move to the Big 12 in 2023, it will no longer be an independent.
      2. If the ACC Champion is not in one of the semifinal games it will appear in the Orange Bowl or, if the Orange Bowl is a semifinal site, either the Peach Bowl or the Fiesta Bowl. There is no limit on how many teams the College Football Playoff may choose from a particular conference.
      3. All have equal selection status.
      4. Only if the ACC opponent in the Orange Bowl, in a non-semifinal year is a team from the Big Ten, a maximum of three times in six years.
      5. One ACC school will be selected to play in one of the following games.

      National championships

      Although the NCAA does not determine an official national champion for Division I FBS football, several ACC members claim national championships awarded by various "major selectors" of national championships as recognized in the official NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision Records. [130] Since 1936 and 1950 respectively, these include what are now the most pervasive and influential selectors, the Associated Press poll and Coaches Poll. In addition, from 1998 to 2013 the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) used a mathematical formula to match the top two teams at the end of the season. The winner of the BCS was contractually awarded the Coaches' Poll national championship and its AFCA National Championship Trophy as well as the MacArthur Trophy from the National Football Foundation. Maryland won one championship as a member of the ACC in 1953.

      SchoolClaims of non-poll
      "major selectors"
      Associated PressCoaches PollBowl Championship SeriesCollege Football Playoff
      California1920, 1921, 1922, 1923, 1937
      Clemson1981, 2016, 20181981, 2016, 20182016, 2018
      Duke1936 [lower-alpha 1]
      Florida State1993, 1999, 20131993, 1999, 20131999, 2013
      Georgia Tech1917, 1928, 19521990
      Miami1983, 1987, 1989, 1991, 20011983, 1987, 1989, 20012001
      Pittsburgh1915, 1916, 1918, 1929, 1931, 1934, 1936 [lower-alpha 2] 1937, 19761976
      SMU1935, 1981, 1982
      Stanford1926, 1940
      Syracuse19591959
        1. Duke has an NCAA recognized football National Championship from major selector Berryman(QPRS) from 1936, though Duke does not recognize the championship. [131]
        2. A "list of college football's mythical champions as selected by every recognized authority since 1924" was printed in Sports Illustrated in 1967. [132] Together with the 1976 national championship which would come later, the national championship selections listed by Sports Illustrated have since served as the historical basis of the university's national championship claims. [133] For the 1934 season, the Sports Illustrated article included a selection by Parke Davis, then deceased, which had appeared the 1935 edition of the annual Spalding's Football Guide under Davis' byline. The 1934 selection is not documented in the Official NCAA Football Records Book with the rest of Pitt's claimed seasons, although additional major selections for Pitt, which are not claimed by the university, are listed in 1910, 1980, and 1981. [134] College Football Data Warehouse recognizes nine championships for Pitt (1910, 1915, 1916, 1918, 1929, 1931, 1936, 1937, and 1976) [135] out of the 16 years which it has documented that Pitt was named as a national champion by various selectors. [136]

        Intra-conference football rivalries

        The members of the ACC have longstanding rivalries with each other, especially on the football field. The following is a list of active rivalries in the ACC with totals & records through the completion of the 2022 season.

        TeamsRivalry nameTrophyMeetingsRecordSeries leaderCurrent streak
        Boston College Clemson Boston College-Clemson football rivalry O'Rourke–McFadden Trophy 3121–9–2ClemsonClemson won 12
        Syracuse Boston College–Syracuse football rivalry None5634–22SyracuseSyracuse won 2
        Virginia Tech Boston College–Virginia Tech football rivalry 3120–11Virginia TechVirginia Tech won 1
        California Stanford Big Game Stanford Axe 12565–49–11StanfordCalifornia won 2
        Clemson Boston College Boston College-Clemson football rivalry O'Rourke–McFadden Trophy 3121–9–2ClemsonClemson won 12
        Florida State Clemson–Florida State football rivalry None3520–15Florida StateFlorida State won 1
        Georgia Tech Clemson–Georgia Tech football rivalry 8850–35–2Georgia TechClemson won 8
        NC State Textile Bowl Textile Bowl 9060–30–1ClemsonNC State won 1
        Duke North Carolina Duke-North Carolina football rivalry Victory Bell 10963–40–4North CarolinaNorth Carolina won 4
        NC State Tobacco Road None8337–41–5DukeNC State won 1
        Wake Forest Tobacco Road 10259–41–2DukeDuke won 1
        Florida State Clemson Clemson–Florida State football rivalry 3520–15Florida StateFlorida State won 1
        Miami Florida State–Miami football rivalry Florida Cup 6735–32MiamiFlorida State won 3
        Virginia Florida State-Virginia football rivalry Jefferson-Eppes Trophy 1914–4Florida StateVirginia won 1
        Georgia Tech Clemson Clemson–Georgia Tech football rivalry None8850–35–2Georgia TechClemson won 8
        Virginia Tech Georgia Tech–Virginia Tech football rivalry 1911–8Virginia TechGeorgia Tech won 1
        Miami Florida State Florida State–Miami football rivalry Florida Cup 6735–32MiamiFlorida State won 3
        Virginia Tech Miami–Virginia Tech football rivalry None4025–15MiamiMiami won 3
        North Carolina Duke Duke-North Carolina football rivalry Victory Bell 10963–40–4North CarolinaNorth Carolina won 4
        NC State North Carolina–NC State football rivalry None11268–38–6North CarolinaNC State won 2
        Virginia South's Oldest Rivalry 12765–59–4North CarolinaNorth Carolina won 2
        Wake Forest North Carolina–Wake Forest rivalry 11072–36–2North CarolinaNorth Carolina won 3
        NC State Clemson Textile Bowl Textile Bowl 9060–30–1ClemsonNC State won 1
        Duke Tobacco Road None8337–41–5DukeNC State won 1
        North Carolina North Carolina–NC State football rivalry 11268–38–6North CarolinaNC State won 2
        Wake Forest NC State–Wake Forest rivalry 11668–42–6NC StateNC State won 1
        Pittsburgh Syracuse Pittsburgh–Syracuse football rivalry 7843–31–3PittsburghPittsburgh won 5
        Syracuse Boston College Boston College–Syracuse football rivalry 5634–22SyracuseSyracuse won 2
        Pitt Pittsburgh–Syracuse football rivalry 7843–31–3PittsburghPittsburgh won 5
        Stanford California Big Game Stanford Axe 12565–49–11StanfordCalifornia won 2
        Virginia Florida State Florida State-Virginia football rivalry Jefferson-Eppes Trophy 1914–4Florida StateVirginia won 1
        North Carolina South's Oldest Rivalry None12765–59–4North CarolinaNorth Carolina won 2
        Virginia Tech Commonwealth Clash Commonwealth Cup10360–38–5Virginia TechVirginia Tech won 2
        Virginia Tech Boston College Boston College–Virginia Tech football rivalry None3120–11Virginia TechVirginia Tech won 1
        Georgia Tech Georgia Tech–Virginia Tech football rivalry 1911–8Virginia TechGeorgia Tech won 1
        Miami Miami–Virginia Tech football rivalry 4025–15MiamiMiami won 3
        Virginia Commonwealth Clash Commonwealth Cup10360–38–5Virginia TechVirginia Tech won 2
        Wake Forest Duke Tobacco Road None10259–41–2DukeDuke won 1
        North Carolina North Carolina–Wake Forest rivalry 11072–36–2North CarolinaNorth Carolina won 3
        NC State NC State–Wake Forest rivalry 11668–42–6NC StateNC State won 1

        Basketball

        History

        The early roots of ACC basketball began primarily thanks to two men: Everett Case and Frank McGuire. Case accepted the head coaching job at North Carolina State. Case's North Carolina State teams dominated the early years of the ACC with a modern, fast-paced style of play. He became the fastest college basketball coach to reach many "games won" milestones. Case became known as The Father of ACC Basketball. Despite his success on the court, he may have been even a better promoter off-the-court. Case realized the need to sell his program and university. State started construction on Reynolds Coliseum in 1941. Case persuaded school officials to expand the arena to 12,400 people. It opened as the new home court for his team in 1949; at the time, it was the largest on-campus arena in the South. As such, it was used as the host site for many Southern Conference tournaments, ACC tournaments, and the Dixie Classic . The Dixie Classic brought in large revenues for all schools involved and soon became one of the premier sporting events in the South.

        Partly to counter Case's success, North Carolina convinced Frank McGuire to come to Chapel Hill in 1952. McGuire knew that, largely due to Case's influence, basketball was now the major high school athletic event of the region. He not only tapped the growing market of high school talent in North Carolina, but also brought several recruits from his home territory in New York City as well. Case and McGuire literally invented a rivalry. Both men realized the benefits created through a rivalry between them. It brought more national attention to both of their programs and increased fan support on both sides.

        After State was slapped with crippling NCAA sanctions before the 1956–57 season, McGuire's North Carolina team delivered the ACC its first national championship. During the Tar Heels' championship run, Greensboro entrepreneur Castleman D. Chesley noticed the popularity that it generated. He cobbled together a five-station television network to broadcast the Final Four. That network began broadcasting regular season ACC games the following season—the ancestor of the television package from Raycom Sports. From that point on, ACC basketball gained large popularity.

        The ACC has been the home of many prominent basketball coaches besides Case and McGuire, including Terry Holland and Tony Bennett of Virginia; Vic Bubas and Mike Krzyzewski of Duke; Press Maravich, Norm Sloan and Jim Valvano of North Carolina State; Dean Smith and Roy Williams of North Carolina; Bones McKinney of Wake Forest; Lefty Driesell and Gary Williams of Maryland; Bobby Cremins of Georgia Tech; Jim Boeheim of Syracuse; Jim Larrañaga of Miami; and Rick Pitino of Louisville.

        Tournament as championship

        Possibly Case's most lasting contribution is the ACC tournament, which was first played in 1954 and decides the winner of the ACC title. The ACC is unique in that it is the only Division I college basketball conference that does not recognize a regular season champion. This started when only one school per conference made the NCAA tournament. The ACC representative was determined by conference tournament rather than the regular season result. Therefore, the league eliminated the regular season title in 1961, choosing to recognize only the winner of the ACC tournament as conference champion. Fans and media do claim a regular-season title for the team that finishes first, and the NCAA recognizes a regular-season title winner in order to maintain its system of choosing NIT and NCAA tournament berths based on regular season placement. [137] For the ACC, recognition of a regular season champion is insignificant as a 1975 NCAA rule change allowed more than one team per conference to earn a bid to the NCAA tournament. As a result, the team finishing atop the ACC regular-season standings has invariably been invited to the NCAA tournament even if it did not win the ACC Tournament. Even so, any claim to a regular season "title" remains unofficial and carries no reward other than top seed in the ACC tournament.

        Historically, the ACC has been dominated by the four teams from Tobacco Road in North Carolina—North Carolina, Duke, North Carolina State and Wake Forest. Between them, they have won 50 tournament titles. They have also won or shared 59 regular season titles, including all but four since 1981. The Virginia Cavaliers, however, won the regular season titles in 2014 and 2015, becoming the first ACC team besides Duke or North Carolina to solely win back-to-back regular season titles since NC State was undefeated in conference play in 1972–73 and 1973–74. NC State also was undefeated in the ACC Tournament during those two seasons.

        Present-day schedule

        For 53 years, the ACC employed a double round-robin schedule in the regular season, in which each team played the others twice a season. With the expansion to 12 members by the 2005–2006 season, the ACC schedule could no longer accommodate this format. In the new scheduling format that was agreed to, each team was assigned two permanent partners and nine rotating partners over a three-year period. [138] Teams played their permanent partners in a home-and-away series each year. The rotating partners were split into three groups: three teams played in a home-and-away series, three teams played at home, and three teams played on the road. The rotating partner groups were rotated so that a team would play each permanent partner six times, and each rotating partner four times, over a three-year period.

        For the 2012–13 season, the 12-team in-conference schedule expanded to 18. Originally for the 2013–14 season, the expanded 14-team, 18-game schedule was to consist of a home and away game with a "primary partner" while the remaining conference opponents would have rotated in groups of three: one year both home and away, one year at home only, and one year away only. [139] However, when Notre Dame was also added for the 2013–14 season, the now 15-team, 18-game schedule was modified so each school played two "Partners" home and away annually, two home and away, five home, and the other five away. [140] In 2013–14, after 1 year at 18 games, women's basketball went back to a 16-game schedule where each team only plays 2 teams twice, rotating opponents each year over seven years and has no permanent partners. In 2019–2020, with the launch of the ACC Network, the men's schedule expanded to 20 games and the women's schedule expanded to 18 games.

        The ACC and the Big Ten Conference have held the ACC–Big Ten Challenge each season since 1999. The competition is a series of regular-season games pitting ACC and Big Ten teams against each other. Each team typically plays one Challenge game each season, except for a few teams from the larger conference that are left out due to unequal conference sizes. The first ACC–Big Ten Women's Challenge was played in 2007, and has the same format as the men's Challenge.

        National championships and Final Fours

        Over the course of its existence, ACC schools have captured 15 NCAA men's basketball championships while members of the conference. North Carolina has won six, Duke has won five, NC State has won two, and Maryland and Virginia have each won one. Four more national titles were won by current ACC members while in other conferences—three by 2014 arrival Louisville and one by 2013 arrival Syracuse; Louisville was forced to vacate the third national title due to NCAA sanctions. Seven of the 12 pre-2013 members have advanced to the Final Four at least once while members of the ACC. Another pre-2013 member, Florida State, made the Final Four once before joining the ACC. All three schools that entered the ACC in 2013, as well as Louisville, advanced to the Final Four at least once before joining the conference. Two of the three schools joining in 2024, Bay Area rivals California and Stanford, have each won one NCAA title.

        Also notable are earlier national championships from historical eras prior to the dominance of the NCAA-administered championship. The ACC is often credited with forcing the NCAA tournament to expand to allow more than one team per conference, creating the at-large NCAA field common today. [141] The Helms Athletic Foundation selected national champions for seasons predating the beginning of the NCAA tournament (1939), including North Carolina, Notre Dame, Pitt, Syracuse, and future member Stanford. Prior to the at-large era (1975), the National Invitation Tournament championship had prestige comparable to the NCAA championship, and Louisville, North Carolina, Maryland, and Virginia Tech won titles during this period (later NIT titles are not considered consensus national championships). [142]

        In women's basketball, ACC members have won three national championships while in the conference, North Carolina in 1994, Maryland in 2006, and Notre Dame in 2018. Notre Dame, which joined in 2013, also previously won the national title in 2001. In 2006, Duke, Maryland, and North Carolina all advanced to the Final Four, the first time a conference placed three teams in the women's Final Four. Both finalists were from the ACC, with Maryland defeating Duke for the title. Future member Stanford has won three national titles (1990, 1992, 2021).

        SchoolPre-NCAA Helms Champ­ionshipsNCAA Men's Champ­ionshipsMen's NCAA
        Runner-Up
        Men's NCAA Final FoursNCAA Women's Champ­ionshipsWomen's NCAA
        Runner-Up
        Women's NCAA Final Fours
        California1
        (1959)
        1
        (1960)
        3
        (1946, 1959, 1960)
        1
        (2013)
        Duke5
        (1991, 1992, 2001, 2010, 2015)
        6
        [o 1]
        17
        [o 2]
        2
        (1999, 2006)
        4
        (1999, 2002, 2003, 2006)
        Florida State1
        (1972)
        1
        (1972)
        Georgia Tech1
        (2004)
        2
        (1990, 2004)
        Louisville2
        (1980, 1986) [o 3]
        8
        [o 4]
        2
        (2009, 2013)
        4
        (2009, 2013, 2018, 2022)
        North Carolina1
        (1924)
        6
        [o 5]
        6
        (1946, 1968, 1977, 1981, 2016, 2022)
        21
        [o 6]
        1
        (1994)
        3
        (1994, 2006, 2007)
        NC State2
        (1974, 1983)
        4
        (1950, 1974, 1983, 2024)
        2
        (1998, 2024)
        Notre Dame2
        (1927, 1936)
        1
        (1978)
        2
        (2001, 2018)
        5
        (2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2019)
        7
        [o 7]
        Pittsburgh2
        (1928, 1930)
        1
        (1941)
        SMU1
        (1956)
        Stanford1
        (1939)
        1
        (1942)
        2
        (1942, 1998)
        3
        (1990, 1992, 2021)
        2
        (2008, 2010)
        15
        [o 8]
        Syracuse2
        (1918, 1926)
        1
        (2003)
        2
        (1987, 1996)
        6
        [o 9]
        1
        (2016)
        1
        (2016)
        Virginia1
        (2019)
        3
        (1981, 1984, 2019)
        1
        (1991)
        3
        (1990, 1991, 1992)
        Wake Forest1
        (1962)

        Italics denotes honors earned before the school joined the ACC. Women's national championship tournaments prior to 1982 were run by the AIAW.

        1. Duke has been the men's NCAA runner-up 6 times (1964, 1978, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1999)
        2. Duke has reached the men's Final Four 17 times (1963, 1964, 1966, 1978, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1999, 2001, 2004, 2010, 2015, 2022)
        3. Louisville's third national title, in 2013, was vacated due to NCAA sanctions.
        4. Louisville has reached the men's Final Four 8 times (1959, 1972, 1975, 1980, 1982, 1983, 1986, 2005). Two Final Four appearances (2012, 2013) were vacated due to NCAA sanctions.
        5. North Carolina has won the NCAA men's championship six times (1957, 1982, 1993, 2005, 2009, 2017)
        6. North Carolina has reached the men's Final Four 21 times (1946, 1957, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1972, 1977, 1981, 1982, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2016, 2017, 2022)
        7. Notre Dame has reached the women's Final Four 7 times (1997, 2001, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2018)
        8. Stanford has reached the women's Final Four 15 times (1990, 1991, 1992, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2017, 2021, 2022)
        9. Syracuse has reached the men's Final Four six times (1975, 1987, 1996, 2003, 2013, 2016)

        Baseball

        With the ACC having abandoned football divisions in 2023, baseball is one of only two ACC-sponsored sports with a divisional split (Atlantic and Coastal), with men's soccer being the other. The alignment is shown below:

        ACC Baseball Divisions
        AtlanticCoastal
        Boston CollegeDuke
        ClemsonGeorgia Tech
        Florida StateMiami
        LouisvilleNorth Carolina
        NC StatePittsburgh
        Notre DameVirginia
        Wake ForestVirginia Tech

        These divisions paralleled the former divisions of ACC football with the exception of Notre Dame replacing Syracuse, the only ACC school which does not field a baseball team, within the Atlantic Division, giving both divisions seven teams. Louisville replaced Maryland in the Atlantic Division beginning with the 2015 season.

        Eight ACC teams were selected to play in the 2019 NCAA Division I baseball tournament, with Florida State and Louisville advancing to the Men's College World Series. [n 3] The ACC has won the Men's College World Series twice: by Virginia in 2015 and Wake Forest in 1955. In addition, Miami won four titles before joining the ACC, [143] and South Carolina has won two titles since leaving the league. Current member schools have appeared in the Men's College World Series a combined total of 93 times (including appearances before joining the conference). In 2016, the ACC was ranked as the top baseball conference by Rating Percentage Index (RPI); the conference has ranked among the top three by this measure each of the past 10 years. [144]

        Men's College World Series / NCAA Tournament History
        SchoolMen's College
        World Series
        Championships
        Men's College
        World Series
        Appearances
        Last MCWS
        Appearance
        NCAA
        tournament
        Appearances
        Last NCAA
        Appearance
        Miami †1982, 1985,
        1999, 2001
        252016492023
        Stanford †1987, 1988192023372023
        California †1947, 195762011142019
        Virginia201552021202023
        Wake Forest195521955162023
        Florida State †232019592022
        Clemson122010452023
        North Carolina112018352023
        Louisville †52019142022
        Boston College †4196792023
        Georgia Tech32006342022
        Duke31961102023
        NC State32021332023
        Notre Dame †32022242022
        Virginia Tech0n/a112022
        Pittsburgh0n/a31995

        ^ Syracuse does not currently field a baseball team but has one appearance in the NCAA baseball tournament prior to joining the conference.
        † The count of Men's College World Series appearances includes those made by the school prior to joining the ACC:

        Field hockey

        The ACC has won 22 of the 42NCAA Championships in field hockey. Maryland won 8 as a member of the ACC.

        National Championships
        SchoolTotalNCAA Women's
        Championships
        North Carolina 111989, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2007, 2009, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2022, 2023
        Wake Forest 32002, 2003, 2004
        Syracuse 12015

        Golf

        Of the current ACC members, 12 sponsor men's golf and 10 sponsor women's golf; all three schools joining in 2024 also sponsor the sport for both sexes. Four team national championships in men's golf and seven national titles in women's golf have been won by ACC members while in the conference, led by the Duke women's team that has won seven national titles since 1999. In addition, two more team national titles, one in men's golf and one in women's golf, have been won by current ACC members before they joined the conference. The three future members have combined for 12 national team titles—one each by the California and SMU men, and the rest by Stanford (8 men's, 2 women's).

        National Championships
        SchoolMen's Team NCAAMen's Individual NCAAWomen's Team NCAAWomen's Individual NCAA
        California2004 Max Homa 2013Sarah Huarte 2004
        Clemson2003 Charles Warren 1997
        Turk Pettit 2021
        Duke7
        [g 1]
        Candy Hannemann 2001,
        Virada Nirapathpongporn 2002,
        Anna Grzebian 2005,
        Virginia Elana Carta 2016
        Georgia TechWatts Gunn 1927,
        Charles Yates 1934,

        Troy Matteson 2002
        Miami1984 Penny Hammel 1983
        North Carolina Harvie Ward 1949,
        John Inman 1984
        NC State Matt Hill 2009
        Notre Dame1944
        SMU1954 Bryson DeChambeau 2015
        Stanford8
        [g 2]
        Frank Tatum 1942,
        Tiger Woods 1996,
        Cameron Wilson 2014
        2015, 2022 Rachel Heck 2021,
        Rose Zhang 2022, 2023
        VirginiaDixon Brooke 1940
        Wake Forest1986, 1975, 1974 Curtis Strange 1974,
        Jay Haas 1975,
        Gary Hallberg 1979
        1. Duke has won the women's golf championship 7 times (1999, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2014, 2019)
        2. Stanford has won the men's golf championship 8 times (1938, 1939, 1941, 1942, 1946, 1953, 1994, 2007, 2019)

        Lacrosse

        Since 1971, when the first men's national champion was determined by the NCAA, the ACC has won 17 NCAA championships, more than any other conference in college lacrosse. Virginia has won seven NCAA Championships, North Carolina has won five, Duke has won three, and Notre Dame has won one. Former ACC member Maryland won two NCAA Championships as an ACC member. In addition, prior to the establishment of the NCAA tournament, Maryland had won nine national championships while Virginia won two. Syracuse, which joined the ACC in 2013, won ten NCAA-sponsored national championships, the most ever by any Division I lacrosse program, before joining the conference. Since 1987, the only years in which the national championship game did not feature a current ACC member were 2015, 2017, and 2022.

        Women's lacrosse has awarded a national championship since 1982, and the ACC has won more titles than any other conference. In all, the ACC has won 12 women's national championships since the conference began sponsoring the sport in 1997: former ACC member Maryland won seven, North Carolina has won three, while Virginia and Boston College each have won once. Additionally, Maryland won four (plus one AIAW title in 1981) and Virginia two before 1997.

        National Championships & Runner-Up Finishes
        UniversityMen's NCAA
        Championships
        Men's NCAA
        Runner-Up
        Pre-NCAA Men's ChampionshipsWomen's NCAA
        Championships
        Women's NCAA
        Runner-Up
        Virginia 2021, 2019, 2011,
        2006, 2003, 1999,
        1972
        1996, 1994, 1986,
        1980
        1970, 1952 2004, 1993, 1991 2007, 2005, 2003,
        1999, 1998, 1996
        North Carolina 2016, 1991, 1986,
        1982, 1981
        1993 2022, 2016, 2013 2009
        Duke 2014, 2013, 20102023, 2018, 2007, 2005
        Syracuse 2009, 2008, 2004,
        2002, 2000, 1995,
        1993, 1990*, 1989,
        1988, 1983
        2013, 2001, 1999,
        1992, 1985, 1984
        1925, 1924, 1922,
        1920
        2021, 2014, 2012
        Notre Dame 20232014, 2010
        Boston College 2021 2019, 2018, 2017

        Italics denotes championships before it was part of the ACC.
        * Syracuse vacated its 1990 championship due to NCAA violations.

          Soccer

          Men's soccer is the second of the ACC-sponsored sports currently split into divisions, which are as follows:

          ACC Men's Soccer Divisions
          AtlanticCoastal
          Boston CollegeDuke
          ClemsonNotre Dame
          LouisvilleNorth Carolina
          NC StatePittsburgh
          SyracuseVirginia
          Wake ForestVirginia Tech

          Twelve of the fifteen ACC schools sponsor men's soccer — a higher proportion than any of the other Power Five conferences. All three future members also sponsor men's soccer. Only the three southernmost ACC schools — Georgia Tech, Florida State, and Miami — do not sponsor soccer. Virginia has won 7 NCAA titles, and more since 1990 than any other university in the country. The ACC overall has won 19 national championships, including 16 of the 31 seasons between 1984 and 2014. Seven of the championships were won by Virginia, with the remaining nine by: Maryland (three times while they were in the ACC), Clemson (three times), North Carolina (twice), Duke, Wake Forest, Notre Dame, and Syracuse. Future member Stanford has won three national titles.

          In women's soccer, North Carolina has won 21 of the 39 NCAA titles since the NCAA crowned its first champion, as well as the only Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) soccer championship in 1981. The Tar Heels have also won 22 of the 33 ACC tournaments. They lost in the final to North Carolina State in 1988 and Virginia in 2004, both times by penalty kicks. The 2010 tournament was the first in which they failed to make the championship game, falling to eventual champion Wake Forest in the semi-finals. The 2012 ACC tournament saw North Carolina's first quarterfinal loss, to the eventual champion Virginia; however, the Tar Heels went on to win the national title that season. In 2014, Florida State became the first school other than North Carolina to win the national championship as an ACC member. Notre Dame won three NCAA titles before it joined the ACC in 2013. The 2020 NCAA tournament, in which Florida State was national runner-up, was delayed until the spring of 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but is listed as 2020 to distinguish it from the 2021 season, which was played on the sport's traditional fall schedule. Stanford has won three women's national titles.

          National Championships & Runner-Up Finishes
          SchoolMen's NCAA ChampionshipsMen's NCAA
          Runner-Up
          Women's NCAA
          Championships
          Women's NCAA
          Runner-Up
          AIAW
          Clemson1984, 1987, 20211979, 2015
          Duke19861982, 19951992, 2011
          North Carolina2001, 2011200821
          [o 1]
          1985, 1998, 20011981
          Florida State2014, 2018, 2021, 20232007, 2013, 2020
          Louisville2010
          NC State1988
          Notre Dame20131995, 2004, 2010, 1994, 1996, 1999, 2006, 2008
          Stanford2015, 2016, 20171998, 20022011, 2017, 20192009, 2010, 2023
          Syracuse2022
          Virginia1989, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 2009, 20141997, 20192014
          Wake Forest20072016
          1. North Carolina has won 21 NCAA Championships (1982, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2012)

          Commissioners

          Former Commissioner John Swofford John Swofford.JPG
          Former Commissioner John Swofford
          NameTerm
          Jim Weaver [145] 1954–1970
          Bob James [146] 1971–1987
          Gene Corrigan 1987–1997
          John Swofford [147] [148] 1997–2021
          James J. Phillips [149] [150] 2021–present

          NCAA team championships

          The North Carolina Tar Heels have the most overall NCAA titles, 47, with 34 of those by women's teams; the Virginia Cavaliers lead the ACC in men's NCAA championships with 23. [151] [152] Excluded from these totals and list are any national titles earned outside the scope of NCAA competition, including Division I FBS football titles, women's AIAW championships, equestrian titles, and retroactive Helms Athletic Foundation titles. Unofficial NCAA boxing championships are also excluded, though they were earned inside the scope of NCAA competition.

          SchoolTotalMenWomenCo-edNicknameMost successful sport (titles)
          North Carolina 50 13370 Tar Heels Women's soccer (21)
          Virginia 33 23100 Cavaliers Men's soccer, Men's lacrosse (7)
          Notre Dame 19 766 Fighting Irish Fencing (6)
          Duke 17 980 Blue Devils Women's golf (7)
          Syracuse 15 1410 Orange Men's lacrosse (10)
          Wake Forest 10 640 Demon Deacons Field hockey, Men's golf (3)
          Florida State 9 450 Seminoles Men's gymnastics, Men's outdoor track (2)
          Boston College 6 510 Eagles Men's ice hockey (5)
          Miami 5 410 Hurricanes Baseball (4)
          Clemson 5 500 Tigers Men's soccer (4)
          NC State 5 230 Wolfpack Men's basketball (2), Women's cross country (3)
          Louisville 2 200 Cardinals Men's basketball (2)
          Georgia Tech 1 010 Yellow Jackets Women's tennis (1)
          Pittsburgh 0000 Panthers N/A
          Virginia Tech 0000 Hokies N/A
          Total17293736

          Capital One Cup standings

          The Capital One Cup is an award given annually to the best men's and women's Division I college athletics programs in the United States. Points are earned throughout the year based on final standings of NCAA Championships and final coaches' poll rankings.

          Virginia (2015 and 2019) and Notre Dame (2014 and 2022) have twice finished first for men's sports. North Carolina (2013) has once finished first on the women's side.

          The following table displays ACC top 20 finishes in the Capital One Cup.

          School YearMenWomen
          2010–11 [153] Virginia Cavaliers (2nd place)
          North Carolina Tar Heels (11th place)
          Florida State Seminoles (12th place)
          Duke Blue Devils (13th place)
          Notre Dame Fighting Irish (5th place)
          North Carolina Tar Heels (9th place)
          Duke Blue Devils (16th place)
          2011–12 [154] North Carolina Tar Heels (5th place) Duke Blue Devils (5th place)
          Florida State Seminoles (14th place)
          Notre Dame Fighting Irish (14th place)
          Virginia Cavaliers (16th place)
          Syracuse Orange (17th place)
          2012–13 [155] Duke Blue Devils (5th place)
          North Carolina Tar Heels (9th place)
          Syracuse Orange (9th place)
          Notre Dame Fighting Irish (12th place)
          North Carolina Tar Heels (1st place)
          Duke Blue Devils (11th place)
          Notre Dame Fighting Irish (18th place)
          2013–14 [156] Notre Dame Fighting Irish (1st place)
          Virginia Cavaliers (4th place)
          Florida State Seminoles (5th place)
          Duke Blue Devils (8th place)
          North Carolina Tar Heels (10th place)
          Virginia Cavaliers (12th place)
          Duke Blue Devils (13th place)
          Florida State Seminoles (14th place)
          Notre Dame Fighting Irish (19th place)
          2014–15 [157] Virginia Cavaliers (1st place)
          Duke Blue Devils (6th place)
          Notre Dame Fighting Irish (9th place)
          Florida State Seminoles (4th place)
          North Carolina Tar Heels (7th place)
          Virginia Cavaliers (11th place)
          Syracuse Orange (17th place)
          Duke Blue Devils (18th place)
          Notre Dame Fighting Irish (18th place)
          2015–16 [158] North Carolina Tar Heels (2nd place)
          Clemson Tigers (5th place)
          Syracuse Orange (11th place)
          Virginia Cavaliers (15th place)
          North Carolina Tar Heels (4th place)
          Syracuse Orange (4th place)
          Florida State Seminoles (10th place)
          Duke Blue Devils (13th place)
          Virginia Cavaliers (17th place)
          2016–17 [159] North Carolina Tar Heels (3rd place)
          Clemson Tigers (6th place)
          Wake Forest Demon Deacons (11th place)
          North Carolina Tar Heels (9th place)
          Boston College Eagles (12th place)
          2017–18 [160] Duke Blue Devils (3rd place)
          North Carolina Tar Heels (13th place)
          Wake Forest Demon Deacons (20th place)
          Florida State Seminoles (5th place)
          Notre Dame Fighting Irish (7th place)
          Duke Blue Devils (10th place)
          North Carolina Tar Heels (15th place)
          Boston College Eagles (17th place)
          2018–19 [161] Virginia Cavaliers (1st place)
          Clemson Tigers (6th place)
          Duke Blue Devils (14th place)
          Notre Dame Fighting Irish (17th place)
          North Carolina Tar Heels (3rd place)
          Florida State Seminoles (4th place)
          Notre Dame Fighting Irish (10th place)
          Boston College Eagles (16th place)
          Duke Blue Devils (17th place)
          2020–21 [162] Virginia Cavaliers (4th place)
          North Carolina Tar Heels (6th place)
          Notre Dame Fighting Irish (7th place)
          North Carolina State Wolfpack (17th place)
          Clemson Tigers (19th place)
          Florida State Seminoles (5th place)
          North Carolina Tar Heels (6th place)
          Boston College Eagles (11th place)
          Virginia Cavaliers (16th place)
          North Carolina State Wolfpack (18th place)
          2021–22 [163] Notre Dame Fighting Irish (1st place)
          Clemson Tigers (5th place)
          Virginia Cavaliers (17th place)
          North Carolina Tar Heels (17th place)
          Duke Blue Devils (27nd place)
          Florida State Seminoles (5th place)
          North Carolina Tar Heels (6th place)
          Louisville Cardinals (9th place)
          North Carolina State Wolfpack (14th place)
          Virginia Cavaliers (17th place)
          Boston College Eagles (20th place)

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          Notes

          1. It was the second major conference that evolved from the Southern Conference, following the departure of Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi, Mississippi State, Sewanee, Tennessee, Tulane, and Vanderbilt to form the Southeastern Conference.
          2. The Southern Conference Hall of Fame opened in 2009. [36]
          3. The official name of the final phase of the Division I baseball tournament has been "Men's College World Series" since no later than 2008. However, the NCAA did not use the word "Men's" in the event branding until the 2022 edition.

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